The innovator according to Machiavelli

And let it be noted that there is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more dangerous to conduct, nor more doubtful in its success, than to set up as the leader in the introduction of changes. For he who innovates will have for his enemies all those who are well off under the existing order of things, and only lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new. This lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries, who have the laws in their favour; and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had the actual experience of it.

Niccolò Machiavelli. The Prince. 1513.

By David Blanco
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8 October 2007 at 8:36 pm    

O salario do inovador e defacto esse. Confirmo.
Cumprimentos/ Filipe Alves Ferreira (1942)

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